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Get on the Bus to Cut Fracking Pollution!

The oil and gas industry is running amok, and public health, our climate, and our communities arepaying the price. Fracking can never be made safe, but the EPA is developing important new rules to slash climate pollution from the oil and gas industry. But we need you to make sure the EPA approves strong protections.


The EPA is holding one of three public hearings in Pittsburgh to get input directly from people like you. Join hundreds of activists and concerned citizens on September 29 to show the EPA that we demand an end of business-as-usual for the oil and gas industry.

Reserve Your Seat on the Bus Today >>



Stop Toxins from Algae in Drinking Water

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Click here to submit public comments to Ohio EPA by November 19.

1.) Insist algae toxin standards be created for Ohio drinking water supplies

2.) Request mandatory testing to occur at community water systems



Don’t Let Ohio Coal Get A Bailout


Carbon pollution rolls from Sammis Coal-fired Power Plant. Utilities are asking PUCO to approve passing costs for outdated plants like Sammis onto customers. credit: Akron Beacon Journal

In June 2014, Governor Kasich signed into law a bill that guts Ohio’s clean energy and efficiency standards. Passing this new law was not enough for Ohio’s utilities, though. 

Now, Ohio’s largest electric utilities, AEP, Duke, and FirstEnergy are seeking to keep a number of Ohio’s oldest and dirtiest power plants open for years to come.

And they want you and me to pay for it.

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Clean Water

Ohio is enriched by its vast water resources, flowing from Lake Erie all the way to the Ohio River. The health and condition of Ohio’s waterways impact our quality of life, as we rely on them for safe drinking water, wildlife habitat, consumable fish, recreation, and shipping. Challenges stem from polluting industries, agricultural and stormwater runoff, urban development, sewer overflows, and more. The campaign advocates for solutions to prevent waterway pollution – working locally to protect our rivers, streams, tributaries, and wetlands across the state. Lake Erie protection is also critical for Ohio and includes efforts by both the Sierra Club Western Lake Erie and Northeast Ohio local groups.


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The Sierra Club Ohio Chapter’s Clean Water Fellowship Program is seeking talented, motivated students who are passionate about water issues and environmental conservation.

If you want to take action, raise awareness, and advocate to restore, improve and protect our waterways, apply online for the clean water fellowship program!  The Fall deadline is Friday, September 13th so don’t delay apply today.

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The Ohio Lake Erie Commission has unveiled its 2013 Lake Erie Protection & Restoration plan and they are looking for public comments by August 23rd. Join our efforts to defend our Great Lake.

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Thanks to the Clean Water Campaign Committee, staff, volunteers and the Freshwater Future Foundation for helping develop this Strategic Plan for 2014-2015!!

Let’s work together to clean up Ohio’s waterways. 

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Say No to Sewage in Streams

June 20th, 2013

Sewage overflows continued to plague Ohio this spring, and Cincinnati led the way.Did you know that Ohio leads the nation in Combined Sewer Overflows, and that Cincinnati is the third worst city in the country?

When it rains, storm water often enters sewers and mixes with sewage, overflowing into our waterways and backing up into basements. The Cincinnati Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) is the third largest sewage overflow polluter in the country.    

Please send a message to the Metropolitian Sewer District asking them to make clean water a priority for all Ohioians. Read More


Photo Credit – CMNH

Mentor Marsh not only provides invaluable fishing and birding habitat but it is located just south of a favorite recreational area – Headlands Beach State Park.

Unfortunately, the Marsh is threatened by a proposed permit from Shamrock Building Center, Ltd., that would fill-in and degrade wetlands upstream from the Marsh. Read More